We have been a family-run business since 1972. Our dedication to combining old world building principles, cutting-edge technology and continuing education allow us to provide you with the highest quality roofing systems on the market. Our teams are certified factory installers which allows us to provide you with the highest quality systems with the best warranties.

10 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Roofer

Investing in a new roof is a huge step for any homeowner. The question you must ask yourself is: “Will my roofing contractor provide a roof that will last?”

Unfortunately, there are some unprofessional roofing companies that engage in disreputable practices – from improper installation to refusing to guarantee their finished product.

Since we believe you deserve a quality roofing system installed by a contractor you can trust, our team at Kelly Roofing has taken some time to research the most common ways that roofing contractors rip people off.

To arm yourself with the information you need to employ the right contractor, please fill out the form below – and receive your free copy of 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Roofer.

10 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Roofer

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Why Choose a Certified Contractor

Asking the right questions is the key to selecting the right contractor.

Certified roofing contractors are:

  • Fully licensed in their state (or local area) to perform roofing work*
  • Adequately insured for your protection
  • Have a proven reputation for providing quality roofing services throughout the community
  • Committed to ongoing professional training to ensure quality installation

*Only the top 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Certified contractors!

Choosing a Certified contractor is your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor – not some “fly-by-nighter.”

 
  • Installation errors account for 47% of all roof failures. Use a factory certified and trained roofing contractor.
  • Master Elite: only the very best 900 contractors out of 300,000 contractors in the nation.
  • Duro-Last: only the very best 2,200 contractors out of 300,000 in the US.
  • Warranty Scams: Most manufacturers look for installation error to turn down liability. Pick factory certified contractors so that does not happen to you.
  • Family Health: Ventilation
    • Most roofing contractors do not know how to calculate adequate ventilation requirements.
    • Inadequate ventilation causes mold. Mold needs 3 things to promote growth; moisture, heat and organic materials. All three are found in inadequately ventilated attics.
    • 85% of all homes do not have enough ventilation. (DOE: EPA Study 2006)
    • A 2% moisture content in the attic will drop the R-Value of insulation 33%. That’s 1/3 loss in insulation by not having adequate ventilation. Non-Ventilated roofs are expensive, costing you higher electric bills every month.
Factory-Certified Installation

To ensure your total satisfaction, a Certified contractor has been provided with extensive training materials developed by technical experts-allowing them to stay current in the latest roof installation techniques.

Superior Protection

Most people think that a new roof is nothing more than just nailing up some roofing products. Certified contractors know better-that’s why they recommend Roofing Protection Systems. It gives you the best protection against a variety of all-too-common roofing problems. Plus, each component used in the system is designed for that system to ensure proper protection, leak free performance and warranty security.

“Worry-Free”And “Hassle-Free” Warranty Options

Because of their unique training and factory-certified status, roofs that are installed by Certified contractors are eligible for special warranties – all backed by the manufacturer’s financial clout.

After all, a warranty is only as good as the manufacturer that stands behind it. With a Factory Certified roof, you know that you will be covered throughout the warranty period – without fail! Ask about which warranty option would be right for your home.

Your Safest Choice

Don’t trust your biggest asset to just any contractor. Factory-certified contractors are your best and safest choice!

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License & Insurance Requirements

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Key Coverage Requirements
  • An employer engaged in the construction industry that employs one or more part or full time employees or an employer in the non-construction industry that employs 4 or more part or full time employees must have Florida workers’ compensation insurance. Employee includes: Corporate officers, and for construction industry employers, limited liability company members 440.02(9), sole proprietors, and partners. Corporate officers, which for construction industry employers, include s a member of a limited liability company are eligible to elect to be exempt from the provisions of Chapter 440.
  • An employer in the construction industry shall require any sub-contractor who sub-contracts work from an employer to provide evidence of Florida workers’ compensation insurance. If the sub-contractor has a valid exemption, then the sub-contractor shall also provide a copy of his or her certificate of exemption to the employer 440.10 (c).
  • A change in job duties performed by employees or an increase in the amount of payroll of a business must be reported to the insurance company.
  • If an employer has secured workers’ compensation coverage for his or her employees by entering into an employee leasing arrangement, the employer must specifically identify coverage for each and every employee. The employer must notify the employee leasing company of the names of all the covered employees and any additional employees that are working on a jobsite that may have been excluded from the employee leasing arrangement. Any change in job duties performed by the employees must also be reported to the employee leasing company.
Out-of-State Contractors Requirements
  • An out-of-state employer engaged in the construction industry must immediately notify his or her insurance company and, or insurance agent that it has employees that are engaging in work in Florida.
  • An out-of-state construction industry employer, who has employees engaged in work in Florida, must either obtain a Florida workers’ compensation insurance policy or an endorsement must be added to the out-of-state contractor’s policy that lists Florida in section 3.A. of the policy.
  • A Florida construction employer (contractor) engaged in work in this state who contracts with out-of-state employer (sub-contractors), must require proof of a Florida workers’ compensation policy or an endorsement to the out-of-state employer’s policy that lists Florida in section 3.A. of the policy. If the out-of-state employer does not provide proof of a Florida workers’ compensation policy or of an endorsement to the policy, or does not have a valid workers’ compensation exemption; the Florida employer (contractor) must contact his or her workers’ compensation insurance carrier to update his or her policy to include such sub-contractor and any persons that are employed by such sub-contractor 440.10.2 (g).
Where to Find Workers Compensation Insurance Coverage?

Contact an insurance agent. You can also contact the following insurance agent associations:

  • Florida Association of Insurance Agents at www.faia.com
  • Professional Insurance Agents of Florida at www.piafl.org/wc-info.pdf or call (850) 893-8245
  • Latin American Association of Insurance Agents at 305-477-1442

If you cannot obtain coverage through the standard workers’ compensation market, you may contact the Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association (FWCJUA) at 941-378-7400 or visit their website at www.fwcjua.com. The workers’ compensation rates in the FWCJUA will be higher than the rates in the standard market.

You may also consider entering into an employee leasing arrangement with a professional employer organization that has secured workers’ compensation coverage on behalf of its clients.

Key Exemption Eligibility Information

An individual, as an officer of a corporation, who elects to be exempt may not recover workers’ compensation benefits. Eligibility requirements and documentation which must be submitted with the exemption application are detailed in 440.05 and outlined below.

Non-construction industry corporate officer:
  • The corporation must be registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations- 440.05 (11)**.
  • The applicant must be listed as an officer of the corporation in the records of the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations- 440.02 (15) (b) (2).
  • There is no limit to the number of corporate officers eligible for exemption.
  • There is no application fee
Construction industry corporate officer, including a member of a limited liability company (LLC) 440.02 (9):
  • The corporation must be registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations – 440.05 (11)**.
  • The applicant must be listed as an officer of the corporation in the records of the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations – 440.05 (11).
  • The applicant must own at least 10 percent of the stock of the corporation as evidenced by a stock certificate or in the case of an LLC a notarized statement attesting to the minimum 10 percent ownership – 440.02 (9).
  • The applicant must list all certified or registered licenses issued to you pursuant to Chapter 489, Florida Statutes.
  • A $50.00 application fee is required – 440.05 (8) (a).
  • No more than three officers of a corporation (including LLC) or of any group of affiliated corporations (including LLCs) may elect to be exempt 440.02 (15) (b) (2).

**Out-of-state contractors that are corporations or limited liability companies can qualify as foreign corporations or foreign limited liability companies by filing specific forms and documentation with the Florida Division of Corporations. For more information regarding the foreign qualification requirements, call (850) 245-6051. The forms can be accessed at www.sunbiz.org.

Division Enforcement Provisions (Section 440.107, F.S.)
  • The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation is responsible for enforcing employer compliance with the coverage requirements of the workers’ compensation law. Compliance investigators have the authority to conduct on-site inspections of job sites to ensure employer compliance. Investigators can also request an employer’s business records. An employer must produce the required business records within five business days of the division’s written request for records. If the employer fails to respond to the request within five business days, the division will issue a stop work order upon the employer requiring the employer to cease all business operations in the state.
  • A stop work order will also be issued to any employer who is required to secure Florida workers’ compensation coverage but fails to do so. A stop work order will also be issued in cases where an employer may have a workers’ compensation policy but understates or conceals payroll, misrepresents or conceals employee duties or fails to utilize Florida’s class codes and workers’ compensation rates.
  • In order for the division to release a stop work order, an employer must provide evidence that it has come into compliance and has paid the monetary penalty, or entered into a payment agreement with the division.

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Florida Workers Compensation Law

The following represent the state of the law as of January 1, 2006. Please note that worker’s compensation law can be complex and these laws and policies are subject to amendment at any time. If you need help with a worker’s compensation issue, please consult a licensed attorney.

Is Worker’s Compensation Compulsory? Yes

Are Waivers Permitted? Yes. However corporate officers may elect to be exempt. In the construction industry, no more than three corporate officers may be exempt, and each must demonstrate at least 10% ownership.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a new roof? The following are things that may indicate that your roof needs replacing:

  • Missing, cracked or curling shingles
  • Blistering or peeling paint
  • Shingle, sheathing or siding decay
  • Leakage in the attic after heavy rains
  • Stains on interior walls or ceilings
  • High energy bills

 

What is the right price for a new roof?

The answer to this question depends on many factors. For a commitment-free Certified Roofing Inspection Contact Us.

What can I do about mildew on my roof?

Most home improvement stores sell a mildew cleaner that can be applied to your roof with a sprayer. Mildew cleaners shouldn’t damage your roof in any way.

How often should I clean my gutters?

Gutters should be cleaned at least once in the summer and one in the fall or as needed.

How long does it take to replace a roof?

Replacing a roof, whether on a commercial or residential building, is a labor-intensive project and, depending on the type of roof, could take anywhere from a few days to 2 or more weeks. The time involved is substantially affected by the weather, as well. Wind, rain, or even just the threat of one of these and will slow the process considerably. Careful planning and close project management can reduce some of the delays caused by bad weather.

Can I replace missing and damaged tiles or shingles without calling a roofing contractor?

It is always recommended that you use a professional, but in case of an emergency, it is possible for you to replace the shingle or broken tile yourself.

When is the best time to put on a new roof?

This question could be interpreted two ways, so we’ll answer each question.

Here in Florida we don’t really have a “bad season” for roofing work. Summer rains only slow down the process, but really have not effect on the work itself.

The second question might be put this way: “How do I know when my roof has failed?” Different roof types fail at differing rates and with different failure modes. Without going into a long dissertation, the several general failure clues are:

  1. Does the roof leak in numerous locations?
  2. . Do leaks continue, despite repeated repair attempts?
  3. Do repairs seem to make leaks worse, or do new leaks develop after repairs?
  4. ?How tolerant is the occupancy to leaks? Low leak tolerance generally means the “failure” decision is reached earlier. It is generally better to reroof at the appropriate juncture, rather than pouring money and time into ill advised repairs, but there are exceptions.
How much does a new roof cost?

Before we can tell you how much your job will cost, we will need to know what it involves. We understand your concerns about budget and keeping costs under control. We have the same concerns ourselves. Therefore, the best way to estimate a cost is to have Kelly Roofing Project Manager come take a look at your roof.

What is an architectural or dimensional shingle?

Unlike standard 3-tab, or strip shingles, which are single layer in design, a growing number of shingles are multi-layered or laminated.

What is a fiber glass shingle?

Fiber glass shingles are built on a core, or mat, of fiber glass reinforcement. Asphalt coating is applied directly to this mat and protective color granules are embedded into the coating. Fiber glass shingles carry a Class A fire resistance rating from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the highest rating available

What is algae (or fungus) found on roofs?

In some moist areas, algae can grow on shingles. Although the algae has no proven effect on shingle life, it does stain or discolor the shingle. Commonly called fungus, this algae staining can be unattractive. The algae-containing stains can be dramatically reduced by the use of special copper granules

Why is wind-driven rain a problem?

Wind-driven rain can cause sloped roof coverings to shift and lift. Rain can then be easily driven under the roof covering directly to the unprotected roof deck, where it causes leaks and damage to the inside of the home.

What is a roofing underlayment?

A roofing underlayment is typically a rubberized membrane that goes under shingles to prevent water penetration. It is the one piece of a roofing system that is expressly designed to be waterproof. Without a self-adhered underlayment, water from wind-driven rain can infiltrate under your roof covering and severely damage your roof—or even worse, the inside of your home. Non-adhered roofing underlayments typically provide only water shedding protection to the roof (not waterproofing as self-adhered underlayments do). In the event of a hurricane, self-adhered membranes are a secondary water barrier to protect your interior from water damage. Insurance companies give discounts for SWB protection.

Energy Star
What is an ENERGY STAR qualified roof product?

It is a reflective roof product that lowers roof surface temperature by up to 100?F, thereby decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building’s interior. ENERGY STAR qualified roof products save money and energy by reducing the amount of air conditioning needed to keep a building comfortable.

What does the ENERGY STAR label signify?

Products bearing the ENERGY STAR labels are more energy efficient than standard products, thereby saving energy and money. In general, ENERGY STAR qualified products including: appliances, HVAC equipment, office equipment, residential lighting, and even homes, reduce energy costs by at least 30 percent.

How does a roof product qualify for the ENERGY STAR label?

Roof products that meet or exceed solar reflectance, without compromising product quality and performance, qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. Manufacturers voluntarily sign an agreement with ENERGY STAR called a Partnership Agreement (PA) allowing them to place the ENERGY STAR label on the packaging of qualifying roof products. They can also use the label in product promotions and advertising for qualified products.

What types of roof products will carry the ENERGY STAR label?

ENERGY STAR roof specifications are not restricted to any particular type of roof product. However, ENERGY STAR expects that, at least initially, metal, single-ply membrane, and roof coating products will be most widely represented.

Why is ENERGY STAR interested in increasing the reflective roofing market?

Ninety percent of the energy in the United States is generated by burning fossil fuels, which creates the air pollution associated with smog, acid rain, and global climate change. By reducing the amount of energy needed to cool buildings, ENERGY STAR qualified roof products help to reduce the production of these air pollutants. Additionally, reflective roof products can help reduce the “heat island effect,”a phenomenon in which cities can be 2 to 8?F warmer than the surrounding countryside. Such heat islands occur, in large part, because many buildings and paved surfaces are designed with dark materials that absorb heat from the sun. This heat is released at night, causing the air temperature to remain high. The resulting elevated temperature leads to an increased demand for air conditioning in buildings, increased fuel use for vehicle air conditioning, increased levels of smog, and associated increased levels of heat-related and smog-related health problems. Installing reflective roofs helps reduce the heat island effect, decreasing the amount of smog in the air and benefiting the entire community.

What are the benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified roof products?

Benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified roof products include:

  • Saves Money and Energy. According to EPA, about $40 billion is spent annually in the US to air condition buildings — one-sixth of all electricity generated in a year! ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce energy bills by up to 50 percent.
  • Downsizes Cooling Equipment. A reflective roof can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15%. As a result, the home or building owner may be able to purchase a smaller, more efficient, and less expensive cooling system.
  • Decreases Pollution in Urban Areas. Reduced energy demand means less burning of fossil fuels, which results in less pollution from power plants. Also, ENERGY STAR qualified roof products help to reduce the “heat island effect,” in which dark, heat-absorbing buildings and paved areas make the air in urban areas hotter, and more smoggy.
  • Increases Roof Product Life. ENERGY STAR qualified roof products maintain a more constant temperature and reduce thermal shock, which occurs when cool rain hits a hot roof, causing a sharp drop in temperature. During temperature changes, a roof expands and contracts, causing stress and degrading the roof.
How much can businesses expect to save by installing ENERGY STAR qualified roof products?

Energy savings from installing ENERGY STAR qualified roof products will depend on the geographic location and climate where it is installed, existing insulation levels in the building, the type of roof it replaces, the type of roof installed, and how well it is kept clean and maintained. In general, cooling energy savings can be as high as 50 percent. Additionally, a reflective roof can reduce peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent. As a result, building owners may be able to purchase smaller, less expensive HVAC systems.

Will installing an ENERGY STAR qualified roof product save me money no matter where I live?

Homes and buildings located in hot and sunny climates will realize the greatest energy and cost savings. So, people living in southern geographic areas that use more air conditioning will see greater reductions in their energy bills than people living elsewhere in the country.

Under which circumstances will ENERGY STAR qualified roof products generate the greatest savings?

In general, building owners will save the most money on energy bills by installing an ENERGY STAR qualified roof product if their building has the following characteristics: high air-conditioning bills, a large roof surface as compared to the building’s overall size, lower levels of insulation, and/or a location in a hot, sunny climate. The most cost-effective time to install an ENERGY STAR qualified roof product is when re-roofing, constructing new buildings, or maintaining a roof by applying a coating.

Will I save money by using reflective roof products if my home or building already has a high level of insulation?

An energy-efficient home or building has both reflective roof surfaces and adequate insulation. But, you will notice greater savings on your cooling bills if you install ENERGY STAR qualified roof products on a building with a lower level of roof insulation. However, when installing a reflective roof while constructing a new building, doing a major renovation, or replacing your whole roof system, you should consult with your contractor to maximize savings by making sure an optimum level of insulation is installed.

Can I expect the same level of savings over the entire lifetime of my roof?

Due to normal wear and tear, some degradation of roof reflectivity can be expected, particularly within the first few years after installation. Flat roofs may accumulate more dirt and debris because their slope is not great enough to allow washing by rain. Following maintenance procedures minimizes degradation and maximizes energy savings. Consult your roofing contractor or product manufacturer to learn more about recommended maintenance procedures and schedules.

How do ENERGY STAR qualified roof products compare with standard roof products in terms of durability?

ENERGY STAR understands that the water tightness, durability, and longevity of a roof are the primary concerns of building and homeowners. These participating manufacturers must back their compliant roof products with warranties that are comparable to their other roof products.

How can I find ENERGY STAR qualified roof products?

The ENERGY STAR label will appear on roof product packaging and advertisements. If you are installing or replacing a roof on a commercial or residential building, be sure to ask your roofing contractor or manufacturer about ENERGY STAR products.

Questions and Answers
Question:

How can a home owner recognize when a roof system has problems?

Answer:

Typically, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic (once a year) inspections often can uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles and tiles, loose seams, deteriorated flashings, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof system problems. Indoors look for cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper as signs of damaged roof areas.

Question:

What are my options if I decide to re-roof?

Answer:

You have two basic options. You can choose a complete replacement of the roof system, involving a tear-off of your existing roof system, or re-cover the existing roof system, involving only the installation of a new roof system. If you have already had one re-cover installed on your original roof system, roof sheathing replacement may be necessary. In many instances building code requirements allow no more than one roof system re-cover before a complete replacement is necessary. Additionally manufacturers void their system warranty on recovers and require a complete roof replacement. Recover systems only last about half as long as full reroofs as flashings, the most important part of a roof, are not replaced on recover applications.

Question:

My roof leaks. Do I need to have it replaced completely?

Answer:

Not necessarily. Leaks can result from flashings that have come loose or a section of the roof system being damaged. A complete roof system failure however, generally is irreversible and a result of improper installation, choice of materials, or the roof system installation is inappropriate for the home or building.

Question:

Can I do the work myself?

Answer:

Most of the work should not be done yourself. Professional roofing contractors are trained to safely and efficiently repair or replace roof systems. You can damage your roof system by using improper roofing techniques and severely injure yourself by falling off of or through your roof.

Maintenance performed by home and building owners should be confined to inspecting roof systems during the fall and spring to check for cracked or curling shingles and cleaning gutters filled with dead leaves and other debris. If you inspect your roof yourself, use a firmly braced or tied off ladder equipped with rubber safety feet. Wear rubber soled shoes and stay on the ladder, (and off the roof system), if possible.

Question:

How long can I expect my roof system to last?

Answer:

Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful services ranging from 15, 20 even 25 years. Some roof system types such as slate, clay & concrete tile and metal systems can last longer.

Actual roof system life span is determined by a number of factors, including local climactic and environmental conditions, proper building and roof system design, material quality and suitability, proper application and adequate roof maintenance.

Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilities and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lives.

Read: Download Your Free Roofing Selection Checklist

Key Danger Signals

Icynene

Icynene is a spray foam product that is used to insulate the attic in homes. There are some reports that the chemical is releasing toxic gases and does not repel water. Instead, it gets saturated with water and can hold it like a sponge. The result can lead to mold. Removal of the form is a costly expense since it has to be sandblasted off the structure which may also be damaged by moisture. If you have a roof leak and have this type of insulation in your attic, it would be hard to detect the leak unless the foam is removed out of the attic.

Cellulose Insulation

At Kelly Roofing, we believe that the cheapest roofing solution may not always be the best solution. In some cases, trying to save a buck on roofing materials can actually increase the risk of damage or destruction to your home. This article shows that cellulose roofing insulation, for example, is highly flammable, even though inexpensive. If you have an older home with cellulose insulation in your attic, read this article, and then call Kelly Roofing! We’ll help you rethink a roofing solution that is safe as well as functional.
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Algae Growth
Algae Growth
Causes: Algae growth causes a dark discoloration on roofs. The algae is usually brown to black in color which results in a streaked, dirty looking rooftop. It can be mistaken for soot, dirt or tree droppings, which typically produce only localized discoloration. It’s caused by the growth of air-borne algae which deposits on your roof. The good news is that algae growth does not affect the service life of your roofing material. It occurs most often in warm, humid climates such as the Southeast (where algae-resistant shingles are available).
Recommendations: Discoloration of roofs caused by fungus or algae is difficult to remove, but may be lightened by spraying a diluted solution of chlorine bleach, trisodium phosphate, and water onto the roof. Solutions range from one cup TSP, one gallon bleach and four gallons of water, to one cup TSP and 2.5 gallons each of bleach and water. This solution can then be rinsed from the roof in 10 to 15 minutes. Do not scrub. Scrubbing will loosen and remove granules. After spraying be sure to thoroughly flush the roof and the greenery around the home (grass, bushes, and shrubs) with water. The effectiveness of this type of cleaning may only be temporary, and the discoloration may recur. High pressure washing is not recommended due to the possibility of removing granules, thereby shortening the life of the Roofing System.
Damaged Flashing
Damaged Flashing
Causes:

  • Improper installation on a new roof.
  • Drying and cracking on an old roof.
  • Dented by improper nailing.
  • Settling of the structure.
Recommendations: In most cases it is only necessary to remove and replace the flashing and shingles
around the damaged area.
Buckling
Buckling
Causes:

  • Improperly applied felt.
  • Wrinkled underlayment.
  • Roof deck movement.
  • Spacers not used in between roof deck boards.
  • Poor roof ventilation.
  • New shingles applied over old, rough shingles.
Recommendations:

  • Allow moisture to escape the Roofing System. This can be a slow process and could take until the following spring. Once the Roofing System reaches the proper moisture content, the roof should lay flat and the buckling problem should not return.
  • Remove the shingles that are affected. Cut the wrinkle in the felt and replace the shingles.
  • Add ventilation to the attic space. The minimum requirement is one square foot of net free vent area per 150 square feet of attic floor space if a vapor retarder is not present. If a vapor retarder is present, the amount of required ventilation can be reduced to one square foot of net free vent area per 300 square feet of attic floor space.
  • Add ventilation to the attic space. The minimum requirement is one square foot of net free vent area per 150 square feet of attic floor space if a vapor retarder is not present. If a vapor retarder is present, the amount of required ventilation can be reduced to one square foot of net free vent area per 300 square feet of attic floor space.
Curling
Curling
Causes:

  • High nails
  • Lack of back coating
  • Under-saturation of asphalt felt in organic shingles.
  • Lack of ventilation
  • Improper number of fasteners
Recommendations:

  • Check location and number of fasteners
  • Added roof ventilation can often help correct this issue
Blistering
Blistering
Causes: Moisture in the shingle
Recommendations: If the blisters break open revealing the asphalt, the affected shingles should be replaced. You should then consult with the manufacturer of the shingles.
Missing Shingles
Missing Shingles
Causes:

  • Improper fastening
  • Exposure to high winds
Recommendations: Replace shingles that have completely blown off. For shingles with tabs blowing up and down, hand seal the shingles with asphalt plastic cement, commonly referred to as flashing cement. This roofing cement must comply with ASTM D4586 – Type I or Type II, which is the standard specifically for asbestos-free asphalt plastic roof cement.
Ceiling Spots
Ceiling Spots
Causes: Spots are caused by leaks in the roof.
Recommendations:

  • Check attic for leaks in deck.
  • Check chimney, walls, boots and vents for cracks in flashing.
  • Check rafters for leaks that “travel” away from original source.
  • Check eaves for water backing up from ice dams.
  • Check roof for damaged shingles.
Missing Granules
Missing Granules
Causes: Normally a certain number of granules will be loose, especially after application. These granules are called “riders” and are a normal result of the manufacturing process. Granule loss does not affect the service life of the shingles unless granules can be seen missing on the surface of the shingles, thus exposing the asphalt or Fiberglas mat.
Recommendations: On aging shingles, missing granules indicate a need for replacement.
Rotting
Rotting
Causes: Rotting is caused by absorption of moisture by the mat at the core of the shingle. This is a common problem with organic-based shingles.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Specifics: What’s Growing On Your Roof?

Addressing The “Growing” Problems On Roofs Caused By Algae, Lichen, Fungus, and Moss.

Fact: Algae, or Gloeocapsa Magma, can spread… from one infested roof to another via the release of airborne spores. As more homes are built closer together, this hardy algae has been able to spread rapidly.
Fact: Algae is well adapted to extreme conditions… heat, long dry spells, UV rays, heavy rain, intense
cold, thick snow or high winds doesn’t deter it.
Fact: The dark color of Algae is a pigmented protective sheath… that encapsulates each cell to
protect it from UV rays
Fact: Copper and Zinc can both inhibit algae growth… Zinc (including pellets) however does have other inherent problems, such as: it’s limited ability to be color matched to roofing shingles, attachment method to roofing shingles, cost and the occasional “bloom” effect due to the build-up of zinc oxide. Copper granules are used instead of zinc for these reasons.
Fact: Copper is 10 times more effective against algae than Zinc… Zinc actually becomes less effective against algae quicker than copper
Fact: AR shingles at work…some granules covering the shingle contain Copper encapsulated by a specially developed coating allowing Copper (cupric ions) to be time-released to prevent algae over a long period
Fact: Dew is the dominant source of water for algae and is the “agent” best suited for the release of the copper in Algae Resistant shingles. Rainwater, although effective, runs off a roof too quickly to provide significant leaching of copper. Dew is also present more days than rain.
Fact: Algae can go for long periods of time without water… It is unaffected by heat or downpours and is dormant in winter. Algae secretes a material that adheres them firmly to the shingle surface.
Myth: Algae is killed immediately by copper.
FACT:
Algae cells are poisoned over time.
Myth: Algae is a fungus.
FACT:
Algae, or Gloeocapsa Magma belongs to the Cyanobacteria branch in the Eubacteria family and is not a fungus.
Myth: Installing a copper ridge or hip shingle with copper granules on an existing roof may overcome an existing colony of algae.
FACT:
AR granules have not been proven to kill existing algae.
Myth: Are “FR” or Fungus Resistant shingles better?
FACT: “FR” is an inaccurate name since fungus is not the actual source of the suggested problem. Additionally, copper granules have not been proven to inhibit fungus growth.
F.A.Q.’s – Algae ~ Fungus ~ Moss ~ Lichen
What Does
it Look
Like?
Dark/black or green stains
orstreaks on roof… Also called “Blue-Green Algae” (Cyanobacteria) and “Gloeocapsa Magma”
Green, connecting colonies… Includes mold & mildew Green, spongy clumps… can be random growths. Orange, White or Yellowish spots… in a star burst shape
What’s Needed for Growth? Moisture, inorganic food sources (asphalt fillers), airborne spores, proper temperature Moisture, organic food sources (soil), spores, proper temperature – 40 F to 100F.
Where
Does it
Grow?
Nationwide; 80% +/-. Mostly SE, coastal, Pacific NW. High humidity. High humidity, heavy shade, any exposure. Heavy and/or low tree coverage aids growth.
Typical Roof Exposure? Mainly North facing, but can occur on all exposures. Any exposure. Heavy and/or low tree coverage aids growth.
Impact on Roof? Aesthetics Only Aesthetics, poor drainage, slippery, potential to lift shingles, possible premature deterioration.
Are Algae Resistant Shingles Effective? Yes… No, may inhibit growth in early stages only, will not prevent growth.
How Do You Get Rid Of It? Wash the Roof Shingles with “Anti-Algae Solution”*. Apply at low pressure, wait 15 min. rinse with low pressure water. Protect plants/shrubs. Do not power wash. Use Fall Protection. Remove initial bulk of growth with stiff brush or broom. Then treat the
roof as you would for algae.
*Anti-Algae Solution: 4 Gallons of water, 1 Gallon of bleach, 1 Cup of Tri Sodium Phosphate (TSP)
Big Picture: Can You Identify What’s Growing on Your Roof?
4 Types: 1. Algae 2. Lichen 3. Fungus 4. Moss
  • Extensive Algae growth – in both green and black.
  • Different colors are evident.
  • Dark appearance is a protective layer the algae have developed to protect itself from damaging UV rays.
 
  • Evident are Lichen, Fungus & algae.
  • Notice the vent metal has inhibited growth. This observation is what initially prompted researchers into finding metals that prevent algae growth to take place.
  • Exposure: Note the algae-free surface on dormer roof.
 
  • Extensive algae growth.
  • The area below the window is free of algae due metal flashing… run-off of the metal inhibits growth
  • Algae predominantly grows from the bottom – up, due in part to the amount of time water is on the roof.
 
  • Fungus – predominantly at the shingle edges and key ways.
  • Left to grow may eventually damage the shingles by lifting them and further inhibiting water run-off.
 
  • MOSS
  • Moss due partly to low slope, shady location, organic material & exposure.
  • Water is retained on the roof; thus essentially aiding the growth.
  • Organic material needs to be present for growth or moss cannot take root.
 
White: Very Low Algae, Moss, Lichen and Fungus Growth
Yellow: Low Alga, Moss, Lichen and Fungus Growth
Red: Severe Algae, Moss, Lichen and Fungus Growth
 

Flordia’s Harsh Enviroment

Living in Southwest Florida, you know about the temperamental environment that we live in. Although the area is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, Southwest Florida’s environment can be incredibly harsh on your roof. Roofing in our area is extremely complex; almost as complex as the weather. When deciding on a roof, it is important to find a system that will protect you and your family from the various stresses that our Florida environment brings.

We cut no corners and use only the highest quality materials to provide you the best quality roof for the greatest value. Every step of our roofing process is designed with your best interest in mind.

  • Salt Air Sea Spray – causes corrosion and accelerates deterioration
  • Wind Driven Rains – non-sealed roofs allow water intrusion – leaks
  • Thermal Shock – extreme temperature changes cause rapid expansion and contraction, producing stress which leads to roof system break-down
  • UV Rays – causes oxidation, which leads to interior material breakdown and fading